100 Years Ago: 1922

Scores of snowshoer enthusiastics trailed off over Goff Hill into the snowy distances on Sunday. It was not very good snowshoeing, for the snow was very light, except where covered by a slippery crust, which made walking difficult and even a bit dangerous, but the weather in the middle of the day was ideal.

50 Years Ago: 1972

The Merimanders, a vocal group of eight young ladies from Bates College, will provide the entertainment at the annual United Fund and Volunteer Recognition dinner, Thursday, Jan. 27, at Steckino’s. At the dinner the many volunteers and contributors are presented their certificates and awards for outstanding participation in the fall UF campaign. The annual meeting of the UF membership will follow. The Merimanders include Susan Peiree, Brenda Bellevue, Laura Bowers, Merrill Bunce, Deborah Radding, Louise Atwater, Martha Ward and Lorraine Diaz.

25 Years Ago: 1997

More than 250 people honored the 1996 Community Service Award winners and witnessed the inauguration of the new president of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce at its 20th annual dinner meeting. The service award winners, Dan and Shirli Allen of Oxford, have “for many, many years … worked tirelessly and selflessly to enrich the lives of hundreds, even thousands, in the Oxford Hills through the initiation and ongoing lives of three successful drama and musical organizations: Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association, The Hills Alive Chorale and Christmas in a Small Town,” Robert French said in a tape played at the dinner. French nominated the Allens for the award but was unable to attend the presentation because he has moved out of state. The first production of OHMPAA, which the Allens founded 11 years ago, was a musical dinner theater at Oxford Hills Junior High School, with a cast of 25 local people and an audience of 140. They moved from there to Goldstreet Restaurant and the Paris Hill Academy building, performing a total of 14 plays so far to increasingly large audiences, French said.

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